6:45 pm, August 10th | by Amy Tennery
As I left my apartment this morning, my boyfriend casually mentioned that one of the NFL’s temporary refs had made a disastrously bad call during one of the previous evening’s pre-season games. Amid ongoing contract disputes between the league and the officiates, the NFL installed temporary refs to handle the games — one of whom is a woman, Shannon Eastin, the first female ref to serve in an NFL game.
And, as with so many temporary replacements acting at the highest levels of their profession for the first time, there were blunders — this particular one was a doozy, embarrassing enough to make the morning sports news roundup. Upon hearing the news, almost without thinking, I called from the other room: “Oh, God, it wasn’t the woman, was it?”